Word from Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is that cornerback Morris Claiborne has been working hard this offseason.
In 2013, Claiborne, who has been plagued by injuries since entering the NFL, lost his starting spot to Orlando Scandrick. Earlier in the week, the NFL suspended Scandrick for violating the substance abuse policy, which – I guess – by default, gives Claiborne his starting spot back.
On Wednesday, Claiborne landed on his right shoulder during practice, and Garrett announced that Claiborne would miss a few days while he recovers. That means that he won’t play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. This injury is yet another setback in his progression, as he had previously just returned from a bout of knee tendinitis.
To make things worse for the Cowboys defense, they will also be without cornerback Brandon Carr as he attempts to work back from missing time. My condolences go out to Mr. Carr on the passing of his mother.
Claiborne had shown more intensity and confidence, especially early on in camp, which made me believe that maybe, just maybe, this was the year that he might live up to his draft status. However, I don’t see that happening, especially when every little bump or bruise causes him to miss extended amounts of time.
Personally, I just think that the guy is soft. Let’s face it; every player will at one point play with pain. It’s a part of the game. Maybe someone just needs to pull Claiborne aside and say, “Suck it up.”